This Land Is Your Land

by Woody Guthrie

Other authorsKathy Jakobsen (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1998



Local notes

E Gut


Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (1998), Edition: 1, 32 pages


This well-known folk song is accompanied by a tribute from folksinger Pete Seeger, the musical notation, and a biographical scrapbook with photographs.


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Physical description

32 p.; 8.88 inches


0316392154 / 9780316392150



User reviews

LibraryThing member MerryMary
Beautiful rendering of Woody Guthrie's classic folksong. Some pages are double-wide landscapes, and some are mosaics of small sketches and snippets of lyric and poetry.

Additional material at the end of the book includes musical notation of the tune, a short bio of Guthrie with black and white photos, and a tribute from Pete Seeger.… (more)
LibraryThing member odonnell
Illustrator Kathy Jakobsen created a wonderful tribute to Woody Guthrie with her picture book "This Land is Your Land". Her double-page oil paintings illustrate six verses of the folksinger's famous song and the chorus pages are bordered by margins which she declares were inspired by the "boxes, picture frames, and mirror frames crafted by tramps, hoboes, miners, and lumberjacks in the early to mid-1900's." Also in the margins are quotes from Guthrie's other writings. At the end of the book, readers can find an "Afterward" by folksinger Pete Seeger, a short biography of Guthrie, and the music to the song. This is a book students can read over and over and discover something new each time.… (more)
LibraryThing member ht_storytime
[VIDEO] Wonderful video, great illustrations with the original song. A little long with all the verses, and includes some concepts over the heads of younger kids in the later verses. Kids loved singing along and seeing all the sights in the pictures.
LibraryThing member frances2791
Cute illustrations but the lyrics found in this book are bland and cheesy.
LibraryThing member ReplayGuy
A wonderful book of America where imagery abounds. Whether you've been there or not Guthrie's song makes you feel like you have. The book also shows the troubled side of America and how we must remember to share what we have. It's a lot of history, easy to follow and whole lot of good all wrapped up in one.
LibraryThing member crfonten
The texts in this book are the words to the song “This land is your land” by woody Guthrie. The words come to life with the illustrations in this book. I would love to read this book to students because it sends such a great message, that America is a place where everyone should be equal and we should work together to help each other. It would also be interesting to let the students listen to the song to give them a background before reading the book.… (more)
LibraryThing member hschmill22
This was a good book. I like the American pride throughout the book. The song is one of my favorites from my childhood.
LibraryThing member Crystal.Axelson
I love the fact that when reading this book, the children can really visualize the words of the song that many of them already know.






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